Harper boasts government's record during Arctic tour

Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks at a permafrost core sample during a photo opportunity at Yukon...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks at a permafrost core sample during a photo opportunity at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon on August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

WHITEHORSE, Yukon - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's campaign-style speech to party faithful Thursday night left no doubt as to who he thinks is his biggest political threat.

Harper repeatedly attacked the Liberals and their leader, Justin Trudeau, whom he said would increase taxes and repeal all of the Conservatives' reforms if elected.

Harper mentioned the Liberals or Trudeau 11 times in the speech; the NDP got four mentions. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was not mentioned at all.

With the Yukon mountains as a backdrop, Harper boasted to Conservative Party supporters at a backyard BBQ about his government's record since 2006.

He mentioned the $30 billion the Parliamentary Budget Office said his government cut in taxes since 2005. Harper also said the Conservatives have "put victims first" with the government's so-called tough on crime agenda.

And what triggered the biggest applause of the evening was Harper's claim that since he came to power, Canada has had a "stronger position in the world."


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